We offer a pre-application advice service. Full details of the service, and the applicable charges, are provided in our Pre-Application and Post-Decision Advice Services Guide (DOCX).
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Three different levels of pre-application advice are available:
Level 1 advice
Level 1 advice involves a desk-based assessment of your proposals. It provides a quicker service but is likely to only be suitable for proposals that require an ‘in principle’ answer to the prospects of development. To apply for Level 1 advice, submit a Pre-Application Advice Form PRE-A (DOC), fee and a site location plan only. You can choose to include further supporting information should you wish.
Level 2 advice
Level 2 advice constitutes ‘detailed advice’ and the response will include a site visit. It will provide you with a more comprehensive appraisal of the likelihood of obtaining planning permission and, where necessary, include suggestions of how to improve your proposed development scheme. For Level 2 advice, you will need to submit a Pre-Application Advice Form PRE-A (DOC), fee, location plan, accurate site survey and an indicative site layout plan, as specified in the advice guide (DOCX). If you choose Level Two advice, there is an opportunity for follow-up meetings after the advice has been provided, although an additional fee will apply.
Level 3 advice
Level 3 advice will also include a site visit, a comprehensive appraisal of your proposals, and an optional free meeting with the case officer. You can then present your proposals to the council's member engagement forum to obtain feedback from councillors, including ward councillors and a representative from the relevant parish council. Level 3 advice is suitable for major development proposals. To apply for Level 3 advice, submit a Pre-Application Advice Form PRE-A (DOC), fee, location plan, accurate site survey and an indicative site layout plan. You can choose to include further supporting information should you wish.
Advice for householders
Unfortunately you cannot apply for Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 pre-application planning advice for domestic householder developments (ie an extension to a house or a domestic structure within the curtilage of a dwelling). However we do provide pre-application advice for home improvement proposals by way of standard guidance. The Householder Design Guide (PDF) sets out some design recommendations, which if followed will improve your chances of gaining planning permission. Please note that each application is assessed on its own merits and therefore this is only generic advice.
Specific advice is available from the Planning Portal, including an interactive house and various project guides (including outbuilding, conservatory, porch, loft conversion, extension, driveway, terrace/patio, garage conversion, windows and doors and/or small scale renewable energy technologies).
A list of local architects (PDF) has been produced by the Lancaster and Westmorland Society of Architects (LAWSA), which is the local branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Publication of this list does not constitute a recommendation of any individual on the list by Lancaster City Council.
Specialist heritage advice
We offer an advice service regarding proposals for separate (standalone) listed building consent applications or separate (standalone) relevant demolition in a conservation area applications. Full details of the services available are provided in the Pre-Application and Post-Decision Advice Services Guide (DOCX). To apply for specialist heritage advice, submit a Heritage Advice Form PRE-H (DOCX), fee and a site location plan only. You can choose to include further supporting information should you wish.
How to submit an application for pre-application advice or heritage advice
All forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The quickest way to pay is online through our eStore. You will need your application site address, your pre-application reference number if you have one and your debit or credit card.
Fees can also be paid by cheque (please write your name and the site address on the back) or over the phone using your credit / debit card - telephone 01524 582950 (option 1) between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Full details of the services available are provided in the Pre-Application and Post-Decision Advice Services Guide (DOCX). To apply for post decision advice, a Post Decision Meeting Request Form POST-D (DOCX) should be submitted along with the appropriate fee.
Last updated: 16 March 2020